Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power has moved…

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power has now moved from The Tate Modern Museum in London, to Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas.

It was my pleasure to be invited to attend the opening gala preview on February 2 of this year.

This show contains the work of many African American Masters who protested the treatment of black people. I was honored to meet with some of the artists and to be able to let them know how wonderful I think they are. There is little that’s more moving in life than art. Visual, written and audio presentations will intensify the experience in a way that reading does not. I found this show exhilarating and draining at the same time; however, it was incredibly moving and worthy of an ovation.

Aaron Galleries owns a painting in Soul of a Nation; Blackboard by artist Cliff Joseph and, hopefully, I will get to view the show again at the Brooklyn Museum, New York September 7 through February 3, 2019.

Lynne Schillaci

Cliff Joseph Online Exhibition

The Tate Modern

My visit to Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power at the Tate Modern Museum in London can be summed up with one word: “Exciting”. Seeing all the modern masters in a show together in a foreign country was wonderful. In addition, many of the artists were in attendance at the opening reception. That made the visit even better with the opportunity to hear first hand the artists’ personal thoughts and comments on their work.

My compliments to the Tate Modern and their curatorial staff for putting together this great show. In the words of Thelma Golden, “It is sure to be a profoundly valuable resource… for decades to come.” We are blessed by the fact the the show will come to our American museums: Crystal Bridges and the Brooklyn Museum in 2018.

Aaron Galleries was represented by the Cliff Joseph painting, The Blackboard. It was a thrill to see it prominently displayed at the Tate Modern.


Patrick Albano.

Aaron Galleries in New York

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Bob MarleyI am an intern at Aaron Galleries in Glenview, IL. I attend The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and there was some excitement for me recently. Last Sunday, Aaron Galleries hosted my first gallery show opening reception! I displayed my black musician portrait series and a ceramic sculpture series. There was a great turn out and my work has been displayed in the gallery throughout this week. One thing that I have learned during my art education so far is that it is difficult to articulate my art. I’ve talked to fellow artists about this and they all agree. It’s especially hard to talk about your work in a gallery setting, like last Sunday, because you never know how people are going to react to what you say. It is easier to type out an artist statement and speaking in the moment is another story. I think that all artists should practice talking about their work and getting their message out to people, and I will keep practicing as well.

~Sarah Leuchtner 

Beauford Delaney (1901-1979)

Not many artists can make an abstract as beautifully and expressively as Beauford Delaney does. We have a few of his pieces in our gallery right now, and they really light up the room. Delaney was an African American painter and print maker who was a friend of Georgia O’Keefe, James Baldwin and Henry Miller. Most of his large abstract oil paintings have yellow as the dominant color; Delaney had a spiritual connection with the color yellow. He struggled with the stereotype of being a “Negro Artist” from the art critics of his time, but has established himself as one of the major American artists of the 20th century. Like most artists, Delaney became extremely well known after he had passed away. Every time I marvel at a Delaney piece, I find an unnoticed element, and get more and more engrossed in the size and depth of his works. My personal favorite is Abstraction No. 4. This large and expressive green, yellow and purple toned piece has an unexpected delicateness to it that I greatly admire.

~Sarah Leuchtner

Bob Stanley (1932-1997)

Interning at Aaron Galleries this summer has been more than an amazing experience. I am a student at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and am starting my sophomore year this fall. We are exposed to many artists at school, but one that I’ve fallen in love with while at Aaron Galleries is Bob Stanley.

One day when I was locating a painting in the back storage space, a large two-toned painting, purple and turquoise, caught my eye. I asked the gallery owner, Patrick, if I could bring it out for a look. It was The Beatles! I instantly fell in love.  Stanley was an artist who painted in the 1960s and was a contemporary of Andy Warhol, but never achieved the same level of fame.  Stanley referenced newspaper photos of popular bands of the time and transformed them into larger than life pop-style paintings.

Falling in love with the Beatles painting, Patrick told me to help him grab the Beach Boys painting from the back room as well. This 59 by 78 inch painting makes you step back in amazement. So in love with these pieces-I asked Patrick if I could hang them up on the wall for a few days. I brought out a few smaller pieces (including the Stones)to add to the wall as well.  This was at the beginning of the summer, and the wall of Bob Stanley’s is still up. 

~Sarah Leuchtner

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